Although he was born in the U.S., trombonist Jiggs Whigham’s name is far better known to Jazz enthusiasts overseas, especially in Europe, than it is to those in his native country. That’s because Whigham has lived abroad since 1965 when he went to Cologne, Germany, to join the Kurt Edelhagen Orchestra. To say that the Ohio native’s reputation has flourished there would be an understatement, as he is one of the most respected players, composers, conductors and educators on the continent, the first person to head the Jazz faculty at the Cologne Music College, a former leader of the Swiss ...read more
Here’s one for the books. The Netherlands Metropole Orchestra, which has earned worldwide acclaim backing artists from Charles Aznavour, Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole to Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson and the Yellowjackets, flies solo here, shining the spotlight on its own drawing cards with generally dazzling results — as would be expected from an orchestra that has been one of Europe’s foremost Jazz ensembles for more than half a century. Metropole has had only three principal conductors during that time: Rolf van der Linden who formed the orchestra in 1945 and retired in 1980; Rogier van Otterloo, the son of ...read more
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